Five Acre School welcomes storytellers

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Sequim Gazette staff

The art of storytelling isn’t dead — not quite yet.


Five Acre School students are getting healthy servings of stories from some of the region’s top tale-tellers in preparation for a field trip on Oct. 14 to the 17th International Forest Storytelling Festival at Peninsula College in Port Angeles.


Last week it was Dennis Duncan’s turn. The former Port Angeles School District teacher regaled the school’s students in kindergarten through sixth grade with stories — including “The Three Feathers” from Grimm’s Fairy Tales — and thinking games.


“Kids are wired for stories,” Duncan said. “Everyone has in them (a yearning to hear about) the little guy who can win.”


Duncan said these storytelling sessions are key to keeping youths away from media they’re inundated with in our culture.


“There’s nothing wrong with television — but it’s passive,” Duncan said. “I try to get the kids involved. They get a sense of oneness when they’re participating together, a five-minute bond.


“Many people in our culture have lost the sense of imagination.”


Other upcoming storyteller guests at Five Acre School include James the Obscure (Oct. 5), Alice Susong (Oct. 6), Vi Nixon (Oct. 7) and Bob Maddux (Oct. 11).


Held Oct. 14-16, this year’s Forest Storytelling Festival theme is “Story Telling — A Powerful Force” and features performances and workshops by internationally renowned storytellers. For more information, see


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